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Hey all,

I was thinking about this earlier when I remembered the tragic Leela Alcorn story. What do you think are the best ways to help children/teens with dysphoria or what do you think the best path would have been for you?

Obviously the system at the moment is very much broken, but I think with all the cries to abolish surgeries and hormones we need to be sure what is going to be put in place in its stead. A lot of trans identified teens aren’t going to want to go to therapy or try to embrace their birth sex, and therapy is not very effective if the patient doesn’t cooperate, but perhaps it could be coupled with other approaches?

What do you all think?

Hey all, I was thinking about this earlier when I remembered the tragic Leela Alcorn story. What do you think are the best ways to help children/teens with dysphoria or what do you think the best path would have been for you? Obviously the system at the moment is very much broken, but I think with all the cries to abolish surgeries and hormones we need to be sure what is going to be put in place in its stead. A lot of trans identified teens aren’t going to want to go to therapy or try to embrace their birth sex, and therapy is not very effective if the patient doesn’t cooperate, but perhaps it could be coupled with other approaches? What do you all think?

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I'll start by saying that I don't have children, so all I know about teens is from my own life experiences. I also know nothing about psychology and counseling, but I'll give it a go. Would it help to drill down to find the root causes of their dysphoria and then explore how they can overcome these issues without changing their bodies? Reasons could be as simple as how they are being treated and what they see as limitations in themselves or in society that they think can not be changed. I think that's why many people come to terms with their bodies later in life. You either realise that your body was never the limitation, it was your mind, or you adapt and resign yourself to your reality and get on with things.